Sunday, July 01, 2007

Fantasy Preview: the Philadelphia Eagles

The premise is simple: I'll tell you what players you can confidently start the season with, and what players should cause your stomach to wobble if you have to start them.

Philadelphia Eagles
2006 stats at and

Donovan McNabb (QB): Fear of injury could scare you; then again, a sports hernia and a torn ACL (the two injuries that ended his last two seasons early) are pretty specific injuries, and don't seem predictive of future injuries. When he does start, he is arguably the best fantasy quarterback out there. He's in the same category as Peyton Manning: a total fantasy stud.

Brian Westbrook (RB): At RB, you have to look at total yards as much as you look at rushing yards. Westbrook had 1,916 total yards and 11 total TDs (in essentially 14 games). And because he's such a featured part of the Eagles' running and passing games, he gets you consistent fantasy points week to week. He became a very productive fantasy RB last season; you could feel good with Westbrook as your #1 fantasy RB.

L.J. Smith (TE): He's been a competent fantasy tight end--one of a slew of merely decent fantasy starters.

David Akers (K): Ehghe, you need a kicker! And as the Eagles' kicker, Akers often gets a lot of points.

Defense: it's usually a solid fantasy start.

Philadelphia is another team that doesn't offer you a very good fantasy WR, but a few choices for a deep league or a league with three WRs in the starting lineup. Reggie Brown and Kevin Curtis are both worthy of a roster spot in any league, and worthy of a starting spot in some leagues.

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